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February 1 2012

1:15 AM

Notable groups for the first round

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The crowd at the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale is always ready, no matter who's in the group stepping to the tee at the famous par 3. These fans know the players' college fight songs, their nicknames and basically anything else that's good for a laugh.

So here are some of the groups they’ll been watching on Thursday during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open:

 

Players Rd. 1 tee time (all ET) Comment
Kyle Stanley
Fred Couples
Bud Cauley
9:48 a.m. (No. 10) Stanley will be the sentimental favorite after Sunday’s disappointment. Fellow Washington native Couples is always a draw, and Cauley is another of the TOUR’s young stars.
Webb Simpson
Keegan Bradley
Jerrod Lyle
10:15 a.m. (No. 10) A year ago, Bradley tried unsuccessfully to qualify at Phoenix, now he returns as a major winner. Simpson picked up where he left off in 2011 with a T3 in his first start in Hawaii.
Brandt Snedeker
Mark Wilson
Johnson Wagner
2:16 p.m. (No. 1) This group contains three of this year’s winners and three of the top four in the FedExCup. Wagner has top-10s in his first three starts.
Bubba Watson
Gary Woodland
Ian Poulter
2:25 p.m. (No. 1) Want to watch big hitters? Watson and Woodland are two of the longest. Poulter makes his 2012 debut a week after the birth of his fourth child.
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